Mercedes-Benz is set to reveal the next generation of the C-Class and its sportier AMG versions around the year 2020. However, will the next-gen Mercedes-AMG C 63 and C 63 S retain the raucous 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 petrol engine? Well, that seems unlikely as the head of Mercedes’ performance division Tobias Moers confirmed the carmaker’s intention of applying hybrid powertrains to their sporty models at the New York International Auto Show earlier this year.
“If you apply proper intelligent hybridisation or electrification to a car which is capable of having an always-on strategy regarding the battery or the whole system, then it’s amazing what you can get out of them… which means for sure the next-generation Mercedes-AMG C 63 will be a hybrid - that’s now a give,” he is reported to have said.
At present, the C63 S, which is still on sale in India, gets a 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 engine that produces 510PS of power and 700Nm of torque. This motor is paired to Mercedes’ 7-speed MCT automatic gearbox. With a hybrid powertrain under its bonnet, we expect the next-gen C63 S to deliver a superior output when compared to the existing unit. Sadly, the new setup might not be as loud as it is now.
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